This is my first post on this forum and I apologise for its length but felt I should explain my choices.
I found this forum and dvinfo.net in my research to build a new PC. This forum in particular has been of immense help. The expert knowledge, experience and opinions so generously given will, I hope, have saved me from making expensive and frustrating mistakes.
I have read and re-read a number of the threads here and finally (I think) have put together my shopping list. I would very much appreciate if interested members could take a look and point out/suggest any flaws/alternatives before I place my orders.
I'm an enthusiastic hobbyist and will use my new PC for photo-, audio-, SD video editing, DVD creation (family movies), family web site build and general PC stuff - so will not be video editing/encoding all the time. It will replace my present PC (an AMD 3500+, 3GB RAM, XP Pro that I built 5 yrs. ago) which is really struggling now. Photoshop & Premiere Elements 8 and Vegas MediaStudio 9 have proved it's no longer up to the job - 5 yrs. ago it was brill. Despite all the time and money invested, I'm sure that in 5 yrs. time my new build will be no different.
So having set the scene this is what I've come up with:-
I don't want or feel that I need a RAID setup as I image backup my desktop data every day to my NAS and image backup my C drive weekly. I'm fully aware of the advantages of the appropriate RAID config but I've always been concerned about what happens when one of your matched drives dies and you can no longer get that model. I'm not seeking to build a dedicated editing machine to use for commercial purposes.
I've never overclocked but with the kit I plan to get I intend to have a careful go using posts on here, particularly Harm's as a starter.
I have chosen three different makes of HDD to spread my risk and carry out my own small reliability evaluation.
The OS of my new system will be Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
My shopping list is:
CPU Intel i7-920 - OEM version because I won't be using the stock cooler.
MOBO Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 - because it has sufficient SATA, eSATA and Firewire ports.
RAM 6GB (3x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3, PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 8 (8-8-8-24), XMP (TR3X6G1600C8) - I'd like 12GB but I'm already over my original budget. If I decide to stretch to 12 (well it is nearly Christmas) how much of a risk I am taking with them not actually being a guaranteed matched set (a 12GB matched set is considerably dearer - price has gone up £40 since yesterday)? From experience I know it is best to get all the RAM you think you want in the first instance because trying to find matching RAM later is a pain and can be impossible. I can't see this RAM in the mobo's QVL so I'm hoping it'll be OK.
RAM Cooler I don't know if this is reqd. for 6/12 GB? For this amount aren't the heat spreaders on the RAM sufficient?
PSU Corsair 750HX PSU - as advised by Harm, I've run my build through eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Pro 2.5 to find the power needs of this lot plus possible additions. The 750 still has amps for un-anticipated add ons.
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366 - seems it will do a nice job and the price is bearable - a bit concerned about case fit though.
Thermal Paste Artic Silver 5 - seems to be a favoured compound.
Northbridge Fan AKASA AK-VCX-01 40x40x10mm - not sure how I'm going to attach this to my mobo yet.
GPU ATI HD5770 - I was going to get a 4890 but this looks a more suitable card re future.
OS & Apps HDD 500 GB Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black - this should be fast enough and has lots of space
PF/Cache HDD 500 GB Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black - as above.
Genl Data HDD 500GB Samsung HD502HJ Spinpoint F3 - for anything that isn't video, photo or audio.
Proj Files HDD 1TB Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 - should be big enough and fast enough. Archive on NAS.
Media HDD 1TB Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 - as above.
DVD-RW Samsung SH-S223B/RSMN (Retail) - I chose this over a Sony Optiarc (OEM).
2 SATA Caddies Antec Easy SATA - to house my Project and Media HDDs so that when I'm not media editing I can unplug them to stop them wastefully spinning away creating heat, wearing out and using power.
Case Coolermaster Storm Sniper All Black Mesh Edition (SGC-6000-KXN1-GP) - it was hell of a job finding the right case. This isn't perfect but ticks most of my boxes. It's an improvement on the original Sniper, is spacious, should have good airflow and has the external front ports I want (USB, eSATA & Firewire) (and a handy button to switch off the bling LEDs). The new Zalman MS1000-HS1 was a contender with its front hot-swap bays but it's so new there are no useful reviews on it and its predecessor has poor airflow reviews. The Antec P183 is very nice but with my caddies the door would be a nuisance and it doesn't have the Firewire port. Ditto the Firewire port missing from the Antec 900-2. Had it been the eSATA missing from the either I could have lived with it because the caddies have eSATA ports.
Just to complete the picture, because my desktop capacity is to be increased I will add another drive as follows to one of my NAS devices to increase the archive/backup space.
NAS HDD ST3200542AS - 2TB Seagate ST32000542AS Barracuda LP
I'll be using my existing mouse, keyboard and recently purchased monitor (Dell 2209WA 22").
Sorry this has been so long but I thought it would answer some questions that might have be asked - on the other hand it could be so long people forget what the question was.
Thanks (if you stayed with me)